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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Freerange

download-24This week’s cool tool recommendation is Freerange which provides free high res stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use.

The photos either come directly from in-house photographers and archives or they are contributed by a growing community of photographers. Images provided directly (in-house) by Freerange Stock originate one of two ways. They are either digitally photographed on Canon DSLR cameras or they are a high resolution (4000 dpi) Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide. Once the image is acquired, the photo is sharpened, color corrected, cropped and keyworded. Some images are manipulated in Photoshop to make them more effective. Then the original is archived and a 2400×1600 version is optimized and output, then posted on the live site.

It’s certainly one of the best sources of stock photos I’ve come across – and it’s free! Try it today.

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Infogram

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’m recommending Infogram, a free infographic and data visualization tool.

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Infogram’s Basic (free) plan is intended only for non-commercial use, such as personal projects, blogs and presentations, within the limits of fair use. Its Business plan allows you to remove Infogram’s branding and add your own logo (it offers a reduced price for nonprofit and educational organizations.) The Basic plan includes 37 chart templates and allows users to generate up to 10 three-page projects based on their data.

Visit https://infogram.com and try it for yourself.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Visme

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Visme – another free design tool that allows you to create interactive presentations, infographics, banner ads, animations, customer layouts, and more.

You can search through hundreds of custom templates and fully customize each of them to fit your specific needs.

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Insert text using Visme’s shapes and icons, images as well as widgets to visualize your data into graphs and tables. You can even add video or record audio.

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Visme offers three types of accounts, one of which is free. You don’t get everything with a free account, but you get more than enough to start creating content. A Basic account is also a great way to test drive the solution before you buy.

Go to http://www.visme.co to get creating. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Infogr.am

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Infogr.am – a free design tool which makes it super simple to put together an infographic.

How to use it:

1. Go to https://infogr.am and log in with your Google or Facebook account.

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2. Choose from one of the three available themes – Infographic, Chart/Graph, or Map  – or you can click on “Data import or source” to start with your numbers.

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3. Pick a theme for your project.

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4. To your right, you’ll see the settings bar that lets you set the width, theme, add a custom logo, and specify a share button. To your left, you’ll see several icons. Clicking on them lets you customize your infographic with a map, a chart, text boxes, pictures, data, and even videos.

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5. When your project is complete, give your infographic a title and description. Decide on your permission settings. Do you want to make this public? Or is it just for your own use (public is the default setting; you will have to upgrade your account to keep it private)?  Click “Share” to send out your infographic to your social networks, or to get an embed link to add it to your blog or website!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Plotagraph 

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Plotagraph – a really cool app that animates images with magical effects.

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Although you can’t see it in this still image, in Plotograph the water is moving!

You can use Plotagraph to create a looping video, animated GIF, or animated PNG. Then upload your eye-catching image to various social media platforms.  Most of the time, you make looping videos or animated images from a video. However, Plotagraph begins with a still image and creates the movement with what appears to be CGI effects. You can upload an image to the app or website, or take a photo inside the app.

Plotagraph is available via the web for free and the iOS app costs $4.99.